Local Artists with Heather Murphy

Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort Artist-In-Residence

Heather Murphy

A longtime friend and supporter of Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, we are thrilled to have Heather Murphy as our Artist-In-Residence in O'Grady's Pantry!

Heather is a Pacific Northwest notecard artist, wildlife biologist, watercolorist, and nature writer. She holds a Forest Technology degree from Wenatchee Valley College and a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Habitat Management from the University of Washington, where she also studied drawing. Her watercolors, journal sketches and migratory bird paintings have been selected for conservation programs in the Western Hemisphere. The Sleeping Lady 2016 Calendar solely featured Heather’s art. Heather’s agency career spanned from 1974 to 2005, when she retired from the U.S. Forest Service as a wildlife biologist on the Wenatchee River Ranger District. She currently leads Citizen Science wildlife programs as a volunteer for the U.S.F.S.

Aerial view of Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort with mountains

Walleye Cards, LLC and Wildtales Journals, Heather’s naturalist notecard, journal business, was founded in 1997 in response to nature journal card needs for Harriet Bullitt’s Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort. Heather’s small independent, woman-owned, business, donates over 10% of her sales to conservation and arts organizations. Heather presented "Wildlife and Art of National Forests" to the Smithsonian Institution's 2005 Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. Throughout her travels, she has offered nature journaling workshops such as in the Scottish Highlands and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. She was the Artist-In-Residence for the North Cascades National Park in 2007. Heather was an Artist in Resident for the Icicle Fund CHA CHA (2020 & 2021). During 2023 Heather was an Artist-In-Residence for Terminus: the Memorial to Glaciers of the Olympic National Park. In 2024 she is the featured Artist-In-Residence Sleeping Lady Inc., Leavenworth WA. Special neotropical migratory birds projects, which Heather helped co-found, are: ¡Team Naturaleza! and Dancing With Birds. Both programs connect people with natural science education, and with migratory birds in the Western Hemisphere. Heather notes that much of her success is from her remarkable family and friends, above all her husband, Patrick. They live in Leavenworth, Washington’s Icicle Valley. Please see www.wildtales.com